Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Have you heard of Miss Representation? Kirsty over at 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle recently wrote a fabulous post about this new movie. The extended trailer to the movie is in this post and I find it very confronting and terrifying as I am the mother of two little girls.
If I was to be totally honest with you (and myself) I must say I am terrified of raising my two girls. I want them to be confident and happy. I want them to love who they are and love what they do. But how do I encourage them to be like this when some days I struggle myself? It feels so difficult to achieve in this modern age. It has taken me the best part of 20 years to really like who I am now, to be happy with myself and to know it is OK to have some squishy bits, I do not need to be a stick figure to be happy.
I will continue to tell my girls they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. I want to believe this - but more importantly, I want my girls to believe this - to know this is possible.
I hope the movie makes it to Hong Kong. If not, I am sure the interwebs will allow me to watch it some time in the future.
In the meantime, I want to remember (and never forget) how gorgeous my two girls are, just for being themselves - especially when they hold hands while walking along sharing an apple.